By: Michael Robertson, Mount Olive
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) announced its selections for the 2017 University Division All-State Baseball Teams on Friday. A total of 27 student-athletes from eight different North Carolina schools were named to the first and second teams.
Three schools placed five or more student-athletes on the two all-state teams with UNCW leading the way with six selections.
UNCW sophomore Ryan Jeffers was selected as first-team all-state as a catcher after capturing first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and all-CAA Tournament honors in 2017. Jeffers led the CAA in doubles with 19, while batting .328 and driving in 32 runs. Fellow Seahawk Nick Feight was named first-team all-state as a designated hitter. The junior was named first-team all-CAA after finishing the season among the conference leaders with 15 home runs and a team-best 48 RBI.
The Seahawks continued to pile up the first-team honors as sophomore starting pitcher Alex Royalty, junior infielder Brian Mims, and senior outfielder Casey Golden all earned first-team nods. Royalty helped power UNCW to a 30-29 record with a 9-2 record on the mound with a 3.20 ERA, hurling 106 strikeouts. Mims earns first-team honors after leading the Seahawks with 74 hits, while hitting .320 and tallying 14 doubles. The lone senior Seahawk on either all-state team, Golden was named the CAA Player of the Year after breaking the program single-season record with 21 homers and recording a team-best 13 multi-RBI games.
Charlotte followed UNCW with four NCCSIA first-team all-state selections. Junior Brett Netzer earned first-team honors as an infielder for the 49ers. Netzer was named 2nd team all C-USA after starting all 58 games and hitting .342, while adding 16 doubles and 44 RBI. Joining Netzer on the first-team was fellow 49er T.J. Nichting. The senior outfielder was named first-team all-C-USA in 2017 following a season that saw the Hamilton, Ohio native hit .373 with 49 RBI.
The 49ers rounded out their first-team all-state honorees with a pair of pitchers. Freshman Matt Brooks earned first-team honors as a relief pitcher after being named to the all-C-USA freshman team in 2017. Brooks posted a 7-4 record with a pair of saves and a 3.14 ERA for the 49ers. The final Charlotte student-athlete on the first-team is redshirt-sophomore starting pitcher Colton Laws. The Faith, North Carolina native was named first-team all-C-USA after compiling a 7-2 record with a 1.87 ERA. Laws set a new C-USA tournament record when he recorded 14 strikeouts in a complete-game, four-hit shutout of UTSA on May 25.
Elon's Ryne Ogren captured first-team all-state honors after being named first-team all-CAA earlier this season. Ogren started all 56 contests as the team's primary shortstop, hitting .350 with 21 doubles, and 33 RBI. Joining Ogren as a first-team all-state outfielder is Gardner-Webb's Collin Thacker. The senior was named first-team all-Big South after leading the conference in hits (80) and finishing second in the league with a .357 batting average.
Wrapping-up the first-team selections, Western Carolina's Bryson Bowman and North Carolina A&T's Cutter "Noah" Dyals were each voted onto the all-state first-team. Bowman was the 2017 Southern Conference Player of the Year after hitting .381 with 83 hits, 59 RBI, and 11 homers. The redshirt-senior captured the Catamounts team triple crown with team-bests in all three categories.
Dyals was named first-team all-state as a relief pitcher after capturing first-team all-MEAC. The Tampa, Florida native amassed a 6-0 record with seven saves and a 0.50 ERA in 2017. The junior also fired 40 strikeouts in just 36 innings of work.
Founded in 2002, the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
2017 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
All-State University Division Baseball Team
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
C Ryan Jeffers So. UNCW Raleigh, N.C.
DH Nick Feight Jr. UNCW Gainesville, Va.
INF Ryne Ogren So. Elon Devon, Pa.
INF Brett Netzer Jr. Charlotte Tega City, S.C.
INF Collin Thacker Sr. Gardner-Webb Wilmington, N.C.
INF Brian Mims Jr. UNCW Montclair, Va.
OF Casey Golden Sr. UNCW Siler City, N.C.
OF Bryson Bowman RSr. Western Carolina Baton, N.C.
OF T.J. Nichting Sr. Charlotte Hamilton, Ohio
RP Cutter Noah Dyals Jr. North Carolina A&T Tampa, Fla.
RP Matt Brooks Fr. Charlotte York, Pa.
SP Alex Royalty So. UNCW Raleigh, N.C.
SP Colton Laws RSo. Charlotte Faith, N.C.
Pos. Name Cl. School Hometown
C Adan Ordonez * So. North Carolina A&T Clermont, Fla.
C Zack Smith * Fr. Charlotte Goldsboro, N.C.
DH Cole Hallum Sr. Campbell Bakersfield, Cali.
INF Brett Pope Jr. Western Carolina Statesville, N.C.
INF Nobu Suzuki Sr. Western Carolina Tokyo, Japan
INF Corey Joyce Fr. NC Central Lexington, N.C.
INF Carter Williams Fr. NC Central Brown Summit, N.C.
OF Kyle Jackson Sr. Elon Atlanta, Ga.
OF Matthew Barefoot Fr. Campbell Dunn, N.C.
OF Danny Sullivan Sr. Gardner-Webb Denver, N.C.
RP Clark Cota So. UNCW Hampstead, N.C.
RP Korey Anderson Sr. Western Carolina Grayson, Ga.
SP Bryan Sammons Sr. Western Carolina Wilmington, N.C.
SP Kyle Brnovich Fr. Elon Milton, Ga.
* - Tied after voting